Why ‘A Domain of One’s Own’ Matters (For the Future of Knowledge) by Audrey Watters was this week’s reading and it really struck a chord with me. I’m sure a lot of us has experienced the “I need to take a social media break” and if you are anything like me, you took one as soon as we went into quarantine. There is something special about social media, but what is the cost for consumers? I’ve often wondered if there are ways that we can mimic social media with the posts and content creation, but have more control over what we see (viewing things that we actually want to see, not what the highest bidder paid to get on our home pages). Today’s reading was exactly what I was looking for with this question, especially when it comes to students.
We’ve lost control of our personal data.
Sign up to a mailing list to get 15% off of your first order, and all of the sudden ads are on your Facebook, Instagram, etc. Similar websites, websites you’ve never been to all start flooding your spam folder into this downward spiral of your information being spread everywhere. I’m not saying it can’t happen with owning a domain, but it is an easier way to control your personal information. Especially for students, they can learn the ins and outs of content producing, navigating the internet, and so on before signing up to social media sites. It helps build their knowledge of the internet, but also be aware of how their personal data works, the misinformation being spread around (such as politics), and advertising.
Technology will impact student’s lives.
It is important to teach kiddos to be responsible on the internet. I think it would be fun for students to have their own website that is a reflection of them. Students could share their domain with friends and family, and by keeping a smaller circle (as a domain’s audience would naturally be smaller than a social media site) they can be more expressive and it can hopefully be a safe space to learn and create. I work for a performance based school, and one of our ten content areas is technology. I could imagine that one year, students dedicate their technology time to learning about a domain, creating for their domain, and maybe go deeper into building a website (such as coding). I really liked when the article said, “They can think about how these technologies shape the formation of their understanding of the world – how knowledge is formed and shared; how identity is formed and expressed. They can engage with that original purpose of the Web – sharing information and collaborating on knowledge-building endeavors – by doing meaningful work online, in the public, with other scholars. That they have a space of their own online, along with the support and the tools to think about what that can look like.”
Have a wonderful Labor Day everyone!
Watters, A. (2017, April 04). Why ‘A Domain of One’s Own’ Matters (For the Future of Knowledge). Retrieved September 06, 2020, from https://hackeducation.com/2017/04/04/domains